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Retire in Aventura, Florida?
Overview: Just 18 miles north of downtown Miami on the southeastern Florida coast, Aventura is a posh, high density city sandwiched between Biscayne Boulevard and the Stranaham River. To the east of the River is the barrier island community of Sunny Isles Beach. Beyond that is the open ocean.
Aventura is peppered with lakes, canals and other waterways. High rise condominums and tall hotels shimmer in the sun and palm trees sway in the tropical breeze. Shiny speedboats and fancy yachts bob in private marinas, awaiting their next adventure. The 2.4 million square foot Aventura Mall, the third largest mall in the country, is a shopping destination with Nordstrom, Burberry, Cartier, Givenchy, Tiffany and more. Waterfront Shoppes at the Waterways is a boutique open air mall built around a deep water marina. Turnberry Isle, a beautiful golf resort, is also here and covers about 20% of Aventura.
Nearly all residential properties are condominiums and town homes, and many boast spectacular views of the city, river or golf course. Point East is a reasonably priced, gated 55+ waterfront community.
Population: 38,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 58%
Cost of Living: 35% above the national average
Median Home Price: $335,000
Climate: This area has a hot, humid climate. Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s with high humidity levels and frequent rainstorms. Winter temperatures are in the 60s and 70s.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: Yes, the city has a free shuttle bus.
Crime Rate: Well below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: None, although hurricanes are always a possibility.
Notes: Aventura has grown by 150% within the last decade or two and is racially diverse. Tourists come throughout the year to shop and play golf.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
Named Pascua Florida by Juan Ponce De Leon, the Sunshine State did not enter the Union until March 3, 1845. Balmy mild winters began attracting snowbirds to the state in the late 19th century. Retirees continue to flock to the state. It's not hard to see why tourism has become the leading industry.
International trade and citrus are also major contributors to the state's economy. Eighty percent of the nation's oranges and grapefruits are grown here, and 40 percent of all U.S. exports to Latin America flow through Florida.
Florida's landscape includes uplands and coastal plains. It contains more than 11,000 miles of waterways and about 4,500 islands spread across 10 acres.
The state has 1,250 golf courses, more than any other state in the Union. The 47 mile Pinellas Trail is the longest urban trail on the east coast. Orlando theme parks attract more visitors than any other theme parks in the U.S. The only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles co-exist is in National Everglades Park.
Florida, particularly the Keys and the Gulf Coast, was struck by Category 4 Hurricane Irma in early September, 2017. Towns will rebuild, perhaps this time with climate change in mind, making them safer and better equipped to handle major hurricanes going forward.
Population - 20,612,439
Persons 65 years old and over - 20%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 87%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 27%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 24%
White persons, not Hispanic - 58%
Median household income - $47,525
Median home value - $159,900
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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